4 Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine offers a number of remarkable benefits, which include the following:
1 – A Less Painful Treatment Option
Many conventional medical treatments involve painful therapies that may take weeks or months to offer full effectiveness.
Regenerative medicine, by contrast, most often involves targeted injections of tissue into the exact place where they can do the most good. Most patients report lower levels of pain with regenerative therapies than with a number of other treatments.
With surgery, recovery often involves the healing of an incision site and may also require drainage tubes and other accessories.
The injection sites that are involved in regenerative medicine may leave behind minimal bruising and will cause only minimal discomfort. With some procedures, the process itself is painless due to the use of mild anesthetics. In most cases, the regenerative treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes in our office.
During recovery, we suggest icing the treated area for 10 to 20 minutes every two to three hours – this should suffice for coping with any resulting discomfort if there happens to be any. Most people report few, if any, side effects from regenerative medicine treatments.
Treatment with regenerative medicine is not instantaneous. It will take time for your body to regenerate tissue. However, during healing, you will feel far less pain than you would during healing from both an injury and surgery.
Regenerative medicine can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as chiropractic, exercise, and massage, to offer faster healing. By using these complementary therapies together, you can experience a cessation of pain more quickly and possibly avoid more painful treatments down the line.
2 – A Non-Surgical Option
Eastside Medical Group focuses on offering the least invasive treatments as the first line of attack against acute or chronic injuries or illnesses as well as joint degeneration as a result of osteoarthritis.
Surgical treatment options often involve weeks or months of recovery time. Even minimally invasive surgeries may require extensive healing before you can begin to feel the full benefits.
With regenerative medicine, you can get treatment in a way that is completely non-surgical.
Most therapies involve an injection of tissue into the injured area. The small injection will, instead of leaving a surgical incision, leaves a small affected area that will heal far more quickly.
3 – Personalized Medicine
Many regenerative medicine treatments use the patient’s cells.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), for instance, begins by drawing your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract platelets and plasma. These tissues are then injected into an injured part of your body, where they can begin helping the body part heal more fully, naturally.
Individual cells in the body join together into blocks to form tissue. These tissues can include muscle, bone, tendon and other structures. In general, groups of cells come together and secrete substances that become their own support structures.
After an injury or with age, the body’s ability to do this effectively on its own may be hampered.
Certain regenerative medical treatments rely on introducing greater concentrations of the body’s growth factors to allow healing to happen more rapidly and completely.
Research on self-healing continues to show that these regenerative therapies can offer excellent outcomes for patients.
By using the patient’s tissue to augment the natural healing processes, we increase the chances that therapy will be effective and that the patient’s body will be able to heal more effectively than it could on its own.
Platelet-rich plasma injections
– Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections administer concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into damaged cartilage and tendons to reduce pain and to aid in the healing process.
– PRP rebuilds these tissues and can be used for common tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, and to repair cartilage due to osteoarthritis or other damage.
– PRP injections consist of extracting a blood sample, concentrating the platelets and injecting them into injured areas of the body.
– PRP injections are sometimes performed in a series, but many patients only require one injection to see results.
4 – Low Chance of Rejection
When synthetic materials or most tissues from a donor are used in therapy, there is a chance that the body will reject these materials and attack them as invaders. This immune response can counteract any therapeutic benefit and may even lead to materials having to be removed.
As mentioned above, many regenerative medicine procedures, such as PRP therapy, use your cells as part of the therapy. These cells are already known to your body and thus come with very little chance of rejection.
Other procedures utilize human amniotic tissue.
This tissue comes from the innermost layer of the placenta, the tissue that shields the fetus during pregnancy. Amniotic tissue, which is donated during C-section, is considered the only tissue that is universally appropriate for the purpose of transplants.
This tissue is accepted without the risk of rejection. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
Amniotic Fluid Injection
– Acellular, frozen, non-irradiated, 100% pure amniotic fluid allograft
– Retains its bioactivity with more than 200 growth factors proven present
– Membrane and chorion free
– Able to be injected through as small as a 30 gauge needle
Another treatment we use is Cord Blood with Live Stem Cells
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart, and muscle cells to name a few. They have the ability to replicate substantially as compared to normal somatic cells such as skin. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc.
However, as other cells in our body, stem cells also age as we do. That is why this form of Regenerative Therapy uses stem cells from umbilical cord which are young and healthy.
The stem cell treatments we use are derived exclusively after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available.
Once again, all donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
Overcoming Chronic Pain with Regenerative Medicine
At Eastside Medical Group we work with our patients to provide the most effective, least invasive treatment possible.
By using a range of regenerative medicine treatments in conjunction with one another, we can help you reach a fuller recovery with fewer undesirable side effects.
Are you suffering from a painful chronic musculoskeletal or joint condition? We can help!
Get in touch with us today for your free no-obligation consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable doctors to see if regenerative medicine is a viable option for you.